Thurles Gourmets invited to take Haute Cuisine to the High Seas for Culinary Cruise with Michelin-starred Chef

Premium cruise line, Celebrity Cruises ( has joined with Derry Clarke of Dublin’s Michelin-starred L’Ecrivain restaurant ( and leading bespoke travel specialist, Travel Counsellors ( to invite Tipperary fine dining fans to join a culinary-themed 12-night Mediterranean Venice cruise onboard the multi-award-winning Celebrity Solstice.

Available to book now through Thurles based Travel Counsellor Catherine Maguire, the cruise departs from Barcelona, Spain with easy air connections from Cork or Dublin on 29 April, 2012 and will feature a selection of private events hosted by Derry including a welcome cocktail party, private dining evenings, cookery demonstrations and tailored gourmet-themed shore excursions from €1,899 per person (cruise-only based on two people sharing a balcony stateroom).

Cruise-only price includes transfers from the airport to the ship; a 12-night cruise departing from Barcelona and calling at Nice (Villefranche), France; Florence, Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Naples/Capri, Italy; Kotor, Montenegro; Venice, Italy and Dubrovnik, Croatia before returning to Barcelona; the welcome cocktail party; three evenings of speciality dining; culinary demonstrations; a gourmet-themed shore excursion; a 12-hour Vaporetto ticket in Venice; a food-themed guided walking tour in Venice; a dedicated Travel Counsellor escort; meals and entertainment onboard; gratuities and all relevant cruise taxes/fees.

Derry and l’Ecrivain have been awarded many accolades over the past 22 years, such as Best Restaurant and Best Chef Awards since 1999. l’Ecrivain also has a Michelin Star which was first awarded in 2003. Restaurant of the year 2011 (Georgina Campbell Guide), Best Restaurant 2011 (Good Food Ireland), Irish Chef of the Year 2011 (Dubliner Magazine – chef’s chef awarded by a jury of his peers)

As well as Derry’s gourmet treats, guests on the Culinary Cruise will enjoy the 2,850-guest Celebrity Solstice’s spacious, stylish interiors; dining experiences elevated to an art form; personalised service and unique onboard facilities including the Lawn Club, half an acre of real grass lawn on the top deck that is unique to Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice-class ships; the Aquaspa offering tempting Elemis treatments; Cellar Masters, an onboard winery with wine tastings and informative talks; Broadway-style shows in a 1,400 seater theatre and the Celebrity iLounge, an Apple-equipped onboard internet cafe and Apple store at sea.

For further information and to book, please contact Catherine Maguire on 0504 33333
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